|Full name||Football Club Koper|
|Nickname(s)||Kanarčki (The Canaries)|
|Head Coach||Rodolfo Vanoli|
|2013–14||1. SNL, 2nd|
|Website||Club home page|
Football Club Koper, commonly referred to as FC Koper or simply Koper, is a Slovenian football club, playing in the town of Koper. The club is one of five football clubs in the country, the others being Maribor, former Olimpija, Gorica and Domžale that won all three domestic competitions (League, Cup and Supercup). The team plays its matches at the Bonifika Stadium, which was renovated in 2010 and has a capacity of 4,047 seats. Currently, the club competes under the name FC Luka Koper due to sponsorship deal with the Port of Koper, Luka Koper.
From the records, it appears that football in Koper was played as early as in the 1920s, but officially, the club took the name NK Koper in 1955, when it was formed by the merger of two football teams: Aurora and Meduza. The club played under this name in different Yugoslav leagues until 1991 and was one of the most successful Slovenian clubs. After Slovenia became independent, the club started to play in the Slovenian PrvaLiga and Slovenian Second League. At the beginning of the 1990s, the club was achieving mid-table success. By the end of the 1990s, the club had been relegated to the second division twice, had serious financial problems and renamed itself to FC Koper, thereby avoiding the necessity of paying off its debts. With the advent of the new millennium, FC Koper consistently achieved positions in the upper half of the table (achieving third place in the 2001–02 season, its highest since Slovenian independence). In the 2003–04 season, they were playing in a European competition for the first time since 1991: the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Two years of mid-table anonymity and significant financial difficulties followed, in part because the former owner, Georg Suban, left substantial debts to the club and took half of the team with him when he moved to the other Slovenian PrvaLiga] team Mura from Murska Sobota.
The fans took control of the club and tried to improve its finances to save it from going bankrupt and disappearing like three other major Slovenian clubs (Olimpija, Mura and Ljubljana), with reasonable success. In the 2005–06 season, Mladen Rudonja returned to the club and brought with him the Serbian-American businessman Milan Mandarić, who paid off all the remaining debts. After the first half of the season, before the arrival of the new patron, Koper was battling against relegation, but in the second part of the season, with a new coach, Milivoj Bračun, the club started an unbeaten run that led them to reach the 3rd place in the Slovenian PrvaLiga] and to win the Slovenian Cup for the first time, FC Koper's first trophy since the Slovenian independence from Yugoslavia. This also qualified the team to play in the UEFA Cup qualifying rounds in the 2006–07 season. The following seasons were more difficult, with the club narrowly avoiding relegation in 2009. In the 2009–10 season, the team was expanded and, under the leadership of veteran playmaker/director-of-football Miran Pavlin eventually won the Slovenian league championship for the first time, winning a place in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, where they succumbed to a spirited 5–4 agg. defeat by Dinamo Zagreb (1–5, 3–0). In the aftermath, Pavlin left the club.
- 1955: Fusion from Aurora Koper and Meduza Koper to NK Koper
- 1990: Renaming to NK Koper Capodistria
- 2002: Renaming to FC Koper
- 2003: Renaming to FC Anet Koper
- 2008: Renaming to FC Luka Koper
- See main article Bonifika Stadium
The Bonifika is the team's home stadium, which is named after the area where it is situated in the town of Koper. It has a capacity for 4,047 spectators. The largest attendance was in 1987 in a match between Koper and Olimpija (10,000 spectators).
As of 18 August 2014[update]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Vladan Mladenović / Edi Pobega||1996–1997|
|Branko Zupan / Vlado Badžim||1997–1998|
|Marin Kovačić / Tone Hrovatič||1998–1999|
|Borut Jarc / Ivan Marjon||2004–2005|
|Samir Zulič / Milivoj Bračun / Borut Jarc||2005–2006|
|Milivoj Bračun / Borut Jarc||6 March 2006–12 September 2006|
|Vlado Badžim||25 February 2007–8 October 2008|
|Nedžad Okčič||9 October 2008–25 September 2010|
|Primož Gliha||27 September 2010–19 April 2011|
|Nedžad Okčič||19 April 2011–21 May 2011|
|Vlado Badžim||22 May 2011–16 August 2011|
|Milivoj Bračun||16 August 2011–1 October 2012|
|Rodolfo Vanoli||4 October 2012–|
- Winners (2): 1989–90, 1990–91
- Runners-up (1): 1988–89
Koper in European Cups
Koper goals always listed first.
Score results denote: "Home, Away".
|2002||Intertoto Cup||1R||Helsingborgs IF||0–1, 0–0|
|2003||Intertoto Cup||1R||Zagreb||1–0, 2–2|
|3R||Egaleo FC Athene||3–2, 2–2|
|1/2||SC Heerenveen||0–2, 1–0|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||1Q||PFC Litex Lovech||0–1, 0–5|
|2007–08||UEFA Cup||1Q||Široki Brijeg||1–3, 2–3|
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||1Q||Vllaznia Shkodër||1–2, 0–0|
|2010–11||UEFA Champions League||2Q||Dinamo Zagreb||3–0, 1–5|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Shakhter Karagandy||1–1, 1–2|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Čelik Nikšić||4–0, 5–0|
|2Q||Neftchi Baku||0–2, 2–1|
- "NZS: Klubi" [NZS: Clubs] (in Slovene). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- "Zgodovina" (in Slovene). FC Koper official website. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
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